We love to travel and we love to eat. Combining these two activities is what makes a culinary shore excursion so much fun! But today’s culinary excursions are much more about learning and experiencing – which is how you turn a simple day ashore into a memorable time with some new skills to wow your friends and family back home. Here are some of our favorites to get your taste buds going:
Nassau, Bahamas: So you want to try authentic Bahamian food – but not at those touristy restaurants that surround the cruise terminal. How about 12 different food tastings? Sounds like you have a serious appetite for deliciousness. The Belly Full Of Bahamas Tour led by Nia, a long time local shares with you the best local cuisine and illuminating stories the Bahamas has to offer. Try exotic options from conch salad, to stewed fish, to guava duff and beyond. You will leave with a sweet taste in your mouth and a happy belly.
Miami, Florida: Arriving in Miami before or after your tour and looking for something to do? Known for its art-deco architecture, sunny weather, and famous beaches Miami is also home to a rich culinary history. Learn about the rich Columbian, Peruvian, Cuban, Argentinean and Jewish histories in the area with the South Beach Food Tour while enjoying a walk around the beautiful neighborhoods of South Beach. Or take a trip over to Miami’s famous art and design districts with the Swooped With Forks Excursion which explores authentic eateries and hip design in Wynwood and Buena Vista.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Like your food spicy? Learn how to make it yourself with an Authentic Jamaican Cooking Class. The hot and spicy exotic food in Jamaica tells the history of this lush tropical paradise and understanding the food is not only a great way to experience the culture of such a colorful island but also gives you a new culinary skill which is sure to impress friends and family. Get a hands-on lesson on how to shop for and cook authentic Jamaican cuisine under a fully trained chef on the grounds of the stunning Annandale Great House.
Cozumel, Mexico: Mexican cuisine is famous the world over. Go beyond your standard tacos and quesadillas with the Cozumel Food Tour. Your guide Emily is a classically trained Chef who will share stories and laughter with you in this unique food tasting and sightseeing tour. Visit El Mercado, a traditional Mexican Market and savor just made empanadas, a favorite Latin American snack. Refresh with a real Mexican Cola or aqua Jamaica and feast on home-cooked Yucatecán food. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.
Castries, St. Lucia: With it’s awe inspiring natural scenery, St. Lucia is a favorite destination for all those who appreciate ecotourism. Haven’t ever had a fine dining experience overlooking a natural waterfall? Then it’s time to get the Honeymooner’s Fantasy Excursion scheduled. After a visit to the drive-in volcano, enjoy a 5 star farm to table experience high in the mountains. After lunch, enjoy a scenic catamaran cruise with a stop for swimming and snorkeling before returning to your ship.
San Francisco, California: Visiting California without a stop in famous Napa Valley should be a crime. The Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Tour takes you direct from the cruise pier in downtown San Francisco to enjoy wine tastings and picnics in the heart of wine country. Trust us, you will never want to leave.